Maritime New Zealand issued a safety update to inform of the potential problems and risks that can occur from fixed gas fire extinguishing systems on vessels, focusing on CO2 systems.
ABS launched the “Guide for Fire-Fighting Systems for Cargo Areas of Container Carriers”, presenting a number of notations with guidelines, addressing firefighting and safety systems of cargo holds of container vessels, the location of a series of high-profile fires onboard.
In its report on dealing with cargo fires, the Swedish Club has focused on cargo fires and explosion that can be caused by cargo hold lights presenting a case study of a bulker that caught fire after its cargo floodlights were not connected according to the approved ‘as built’ circuit diagrams.
The shipping industry has witnessed many fire incidents on container ships this year, some of which have resulted to fatalities and others to economic losses; Thus, IUMI, in a recent forum, took the chance to alert on the situation and call the shipping industry to improve its existent onboard firefighting systems and seafarers’ training, as both seem to lack of efficiency in these challenging times.
The Norwegian Maritime Authority issues an alert concerning a small fire that erupted in the battery room onboard Ytterøyningen passenger ferry and provides recommendations on dealing with unsafe situations onboard vessels.
Cargo ships carrying liquid cargo is a special category type of ships in respect of firefighting because on board such ships there is a dangerous combination between cargo’s specific features and equipment to support all aspects of vessel’s requirements.
The following real-life incident can be used as case study to help crew members understand how to properly handle similar occasions and take the appropriate knowledge from an incident of fire on board cargo vessel.
As fire on board is one of the most dangerous situations that crewmembers can face, the Standard Club has proposed certain practices, aiming to promote better fire safety, and raise awareness of fire risks in general and fire risks on ferries in particular.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator informed that it was recently notified of a fire which took place in a seafarer’s cabin, because of a faulty mobile phone charger. The charger was left plugged in while unattended and an electrical short circuit ignited paper on a desk.
As the West of England P&I Club says, it is well known that fires on ships require a lot of effort to address, they risk all those on board and they present extreme danger to the vessel. Engine room fires are especially challenging to put out, because of the potential confined nature of the scene and an abundance of fire triangle elements: heat, fuel and air.
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